The Book had in a high degree excited us to self-activity, which is the best effect of any book.
Those subjects have the greatest educational value, which are richest in incentives to the noblest self-activity.john lancaster spalding
More inspiring and interesting teaching alone can make progress in education possible: for such teaching alone has power to produce greater self-activity, greater concentration of mind, greater desire to learn not only how to get a living, but how to live.john lancaster spalding
The test of the worth of a school is not the amount of knowledge it imparts, but the self-activity it calls forth.john lancaster spalding
The best money can procure for thee is freedom to live in thy true self. It is more apt however to enslave than to liberate. It is good also when thou makest it a means to help thy fellow men; but here too it is easier to harm than to benefit: for the money thou givest another is useful to him only when it stimulates him to self-activity.john lancaster spalding
The primary principle of education is the determination of the pupil to self-activity the doing nothing for him which he is able to do for himself.